Is there any evidence which shows whether users are more likely to reciprocate positively towards a certain style of profile avatar?
For simplicity, let's break profile avatars into the following categories:
- General photography
- General Illustration
- Self-portrait photography
- Self-portrait illustration
Contextual scenario: Imagine that you, the client, have received an invitation to continue a business conversation via Skype. One of the first elements that you see when you search for the professional's username is their avatar. Would any of the above avatars reflect more positively or more negatively upon the reputation that the professional has thus far projected.
Please reference research where possible